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New Trailer for K-1 Rising on May 27th

  • Published in K-1

K- is back and the time is drawing increasingly near. On May 27th the K-1 World MAX Final 16 goes down after a year's absence, and on top of that, two big heavyweight bouts including some of the biggest names like Daniel Ghita and Badr Hari. After a few weeks of radio silence, we are treated to a trailer which seems official but sounds and looks a lot like an It's Showtime promo video.

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Alexey Ignashov Returns to the Ring in May for Fight Code

  • Published in Kickboxing

AlexeyIt has been over a year since Alexey Ignashov has stepped into a Kickboxing ring, and while we are all talking about who will join GLORY or who will join K-1, there is a lot less talk about Fight Code and promotions like SuperKombat. A name that has been brought up in the "where will they go" conversation is Alexey Ignashov, a fighter with a very troubled past who has been fighting part time in the past few years after having bouts with alcoholism.

In 2010 he was given another shot at glory in K-1, given a rematch with Badr Hari which he was nowhere near prepared for before being put into the mix of a qualifying tournament in Bucharest, Romania which he was on track to win before having to pull out of the final fight due to injury. It's Showtime brought him in to fight against Thomas Hron, and sadly things did not go well for Alexy. Ignashov actually fought for Fight Code last February, defeating Roman Kleibl by decision.

It looks like Ignashov will return to the Fight Code ring in May in Budapest, Hungary. Not much is known about this card so far outside of it happening on May 12th in Budapest and that not only is Ignashov appearing, but Vitali Ahkramenko should be as well.

UPDATE: Ali Cenik posted on his official Facebook that he will be fighting Alexey Ignashov.

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Badr Hari Sentenced to Two Years in Koen Everink Case

  • Published in Kickboxing

Has justice finally been served in the case of Badr Hari's beatdown of Koen Everink? That is open to interpretation, but today it looks like we've finally gotten some closure on this ongoing case that has already seen Badr serve nine months in prison for. Today a judge decided that Badr Hari would serve a two year prison sentence, with a ten month suspended sentence.

What that means is that Badr Hari has five months of jail time left before he can move on with his life, as well as a fine of 37.000 Euros (around $40,000) to pay for the damages incurred in the assault. The court ruled that the claim that it was an "accident" was ridiculous considering Badr is a professional athlete competing in combat sports. He needs to understand that his actions have consequences and that the average person is not able to take the kind of damage that a professional fighter can. [source]

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Daniel Ghita Rumored for Participating in K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16

  • Published in K-1

GhitaSo far a lot of the attention for K-1 has been focused with a laser-sharp precision on the K-1 Rising US GP in Los Angeles event, and of course with good reason, as it is the next event that K-1 is holding. The event, while getting a good deal of press and groaning from hardcore fans, is the US GP, though, a qualifier for the World Grand Prix and for the World MAX tournament for US fighters. For the actual K-1 World Grand Prix there has been little news outside of a date of October 14th in Tokyo outside of Cro Cop looking to participate in the Final 16.

Now it looks like one fighter who has been a hot topic of late, Daniel Ghita, has finally landed on one side for now, and that appears to be K-1. Daniel Ghita was one of the key fighters for either side to land, and as of last week when we spoke with Anil Dubar, Ghita's trainer, it seemed like a frustrating situation for all involved. They were not sure which contract was valid and who he would fight for, and it felt like Ghita, one of the best Heavyweights in the world, was being used as a pawn in a powerplay to gain headway in the Kickboxing world. Now today reports close to Ghita's camp are coming out that Daniel Ghita will fight in the Final 16 and the Final 8 before he most likely departs to fight for GLORY and test his skills in that tournament.

Ghita has always been quoted wanting to be the K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, and to many it feels like no matter who they get, K-1 will not be able to find a real challenge for him, especially with Badr Hari sitting in a Dutch prison.

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First Chapter of the New Badr Hari Documentary Released

  • Published in Kickboxing

So our bud StillWill has made his return to the world of kickboxing videos and done so in not only a big way, but a huge way by working with Badr Hari and his team to bring to the world a documentary called "The Golden Boy" which will center around Badr Hari's life and career. The whole thing is due to be released soon but for now the first episode has been released and it's well worth the watch.

Check it out.

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Rumors of K-1's Strike Back Emerge

  • Published in K-1

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It is safe to say that being in the fight game is sort of like a game of chess. I'm not sure that it is the most complicated or graceful game of chess ever imagined, but a game of chess it is no matter. This weekend Bas Boon and Simon Rutz made their strike against K-1. We live in a world where, as much as many would like to believe otherwise, no fight promoter is paying the press for good coverage. We simply publish the news as we take it, and if someone refuses to respond to something, well, it is taken at face value. K-1 has yet to refute any of the claims from Simon Rutz and Bas Boon, but it appears they have been regrouping and will launch a counterattack tomorrow.

This counterattack was told to the world by a forum member of MixFight.nl whom many in the industry know to be a reliable source.

Apparently, K-1 is ready to place the blame for the US shows on the shoulders of Rutz, as well as expose some other believed falsehoods to the world. On top of this, they are set to announce a few of their big name fighters, which appear to be Badr Hari, Mirko CroCop, Tyrone Spong, Kyotaro Maeda, Ruslan Kareav, Mighty Mo, Gerard Mousasi and another, yet to be named Japanese fighter. There is also a chance that the US shows are scrapped entirely, so if you were looking forward to K-1 in Los Angeles or the World Grand Prix Finals in New York, you will have to look elsewhere. It looks like K-1 will retreat to Japan or Korea for the time being.

They are cooking up a press release as well as a video. Let us hope that this video does not include Masato speaking English again, as it does not appear to be his thing.

There was a Japanese press release, which states that Rutz did not supply the correct bank account information to them, otherwise they would have paid him.

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Badr Hari Has a Message to His Fans; He's Ready

  • Published in Kickboxing

The Bad Boy will officially return to action on May 14th as Badr Hari is set to face off with Tony Gregory for It's Showtime in Lyon, France. The kickboxing world is on edge awaiting the return of the Golden Boy. Not many feel like Gregory is a worthy challenger, but regardless there is a ton of hype coming into the fight. This just proves that fans want what they want; they want Badr Hari to return to action and crush the opposition.

This interview with Badr Hari catches up with him to get his thoughts on returning to action and how he feels about competing in France, "it is a great honor to be fighting in France," he says, as he feels ready for action.

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The Voice Versus Badr Hari Preview

  • Published in K-1

The Voice Versus Badr Hari debuts on June 25th as Badr Hari will bare all to Michael Schiavello on HDnet. As we lead into the event, thankfully we have yet another preview to watch. Watch as Schiavello talks about possibly feeling remorse for brutally knocking out his opponents, and if you have seen Badr Hari interviews in the past, you'll know what to expect.

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Badr Hari Looking at a Possible Four Years in Prison

  • Published in Kickboxing

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On Wednesday in the Netherlands Badr Hari appeared in court as his trial for the assault on Koen Everink as well as a slew of other charges has had its time to stew and now it's time for his lawyer to do battle with the prosecution. The judge announced on Wednesday that if Badr Hari is found guilty on the charges he'll spend a total of four years in prison. This, of course, pertains to the assault on Koen Everink at the Amsterdam ArenA almost two years ago now where Badr Hari assaulted millionaire Everink with both damage to his head and ankle, with his ankle permanently damaged.

Along the way there has been a lot of fanfare behind Badr Hari's trial, as the media has been all over it. There has been possible tampering with witnesses, which saw Badr sit in a cell for a while as to not be able to intimidate witnesses, on top of more and more charges piling up against the "Bad Boy," the Dutch legal system's attempt at building such an overwhelming case against the Kickboxer to where he'd have to do time. His lawyers present their counterargument today, where they will aim for a reduced sentence. [source]

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Gokhan Saki Featured in a Nike Ad in Turkey

  • Published in Glory

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Gokhan Saki is a guy that fans of Kickboxing have been high on for quite a while now, as he might be a bit undersized for the Heavyweight division but that has never stopped him from being one of the best in the world. Saki has carved out a space in the world for himself over the past few years with big wins over Tyrone Spong, Daniel Ghita and Anderson "Braddock" Silva. He also has shown a ton of heart in big fights against top names like Badr Hari and Semmy Schilt, which gave him a place in the hearts of fans across the world.

Apparently, Nike has been listening, at least Nike in Turkey, that is. Fans in Turkey are very proud of Gokhan Saki -- and they have every right to be -- and he has become a national hero accordingly. So it comes as no real surprise that Saki has been included in this Nike ad that is currently airing in Turkey that features some of the best Turkish athletes that are known the whole world over. Saki takes place in the GLORY 11 Chicago Heavyweight tournament this October, airing live on Spike TV.

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